Since ancient times, people from around the world have been using sage for medicinal and beauty purposes.
The leaves of this herb, which are greyish-green and have a wrinkled texture, are packed with so many essential ingredients that can cure more than a common cold.
Check out these 12 ways to make the most out of sage. You'll be obsessed with this herb in no time!
1. Treats hair loss
Sage contains certain compounds that have been found to treat hair loss and baldness.
The compounds, known as beta-sitosterol and 5-alpha reductase, stimulates hair growth, makes your hair shinier, thicker, and overall healthier.
Sage also provides your hair follicles with the necessary nutrition it needs to treat any hair problems you may have, like dandruff.
There are a few ways to make an effective sage mixture that will work wonders on your hair.
First, you can add several drops of sage essential oil to your shampoo.
Second, you can mix a couple drops of sage and rosemary essential oil into a diluted spoon of olive oil. Massage this mixture onto your scalp at least once a day.
2. Darkens grey hairs
For darkening your gray hairs or intensifying the hue of your dyed hair, use sage leaves instead of commercial dyes that contain harsh chemicals.
Keep in mind, this mostly works on brown or black hair.
Sage doesn't restore your hair to its natural color in a short period of time, but it will blend your gray hairs with your natural hair color if you apply it regularly.
To create this hair dying mixture, pour boiling water over a handful of sage leaves to extract its juices. Then strain the sage tea and add it to 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar.
Apply this solution after you shampoo for best results. If you're worried about the smell, rinse your hair with water an hour or so later.
3. Reduces sweating
When my son was going through puberty, he was sweating uncontrollably. He always wore baggy shirts because he felt embarrassed by his "condition."
Conventional deodorants didn't help, so I sought out a natural alternative, and that's when I came across the benefits of sage.
So if you suffer from hyperhidrosis, hot flashes, or have generally sweaty underarms, palms, feet, or face, drink sage tea.
The European Journal of Dermatology found that drinking at least one liter of sage tea per day can significantly reduce sweating.
4. Improves indigestion
Sage has been used for loss of appetite, stomach pain, bloating, and heartburn ever since people got their hands on the herb.
According to Health Beckon, this herb stimulates "upper digestive secretions, bile flow, intestinal mobility and pancreatic function."
Sage works wonders in your gastrointestinal system because it helps you digest fats better, which is usually the trigger for indigestion.
5. Improves memory and prevents Alzheimer's
Since ancient times, people have used sage for memory loss.
It's believed that the natural compounds in sage improve the enzymes in the brain that are responsible for retaining memories.
By simply breathing in the plant you can improve your memory and concentration, reducing your chances of developing Alzheimer's.
Research from the Medicinal Plant Research Centre in the UK found that people who consume sage oil tablets are more likely to recall memories than people who were given a placebo.
Another interesting thing the team discovered is that none of the participants showed any side-effects from taking sage, while other memory drugs, like donepezil, are known to cause loads of adverse reactions.
6. Strengthens the immune system
This herb contains antimicrobial properties that can prevent both bacterial and viral infections.
According to Kathleen Barnes's wellness site, sage has high concentrations of rosmarinic acid, which is an antioxidant that is known to eliminate "100% of 40 different strains of bacteria and 25 strains of fungi, including E. coli, salmonella and streptococcus bacteria and Candida albicans fungus."
Antiobiotics are something none of us can live without. They are used to get rid of bacteria that endanger our lives. The only problem is that while they get rid of "bad" bacteria, they also get rid of "good" bacteria too.
What's incredible about sage is that it doesn't get rid of the "good" bacteria in your gut, which is why it helps to strengthen the immune system.
7. Boosts your mood
Many people don't consider plants as mood boosters, but they should! It's an unlikely source of happiness that will give you that burst of energy you need to start your day.
Studies have found that the scent of sage can reduce anxiety and relax heart muscles.
This sacred herb can also improve your sleep, and should be kept in your room every night if you suffer from insomnia.
8. Properly moisturizes skin
Sage oil makes the perfect toner for any skin type.
It decreases puffiness and redness, which we all suffer from time to time. Sage can also help treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
This herb can also be found in many skin care products, but instead of smothering loads of chemicals on your face, rub a few drops of sage essential oil.
Sage contains a lot of vitamin A, which is a compound that helps to keep skin healthy and moisturized.
9. "Cleanses" your home
Burning sage is very popular among Indigenous communities to ward off evil spirits and bad energy.
Today, many people burn this herb around their new home for good luck and to improve air quality.
For extra protection, always burn sage when you're sick. It's believed that the smoke will cleanse and renew your mind, body, and soul.
10. Treats sore throats
Sage possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe sore throats in no time!
Gargling or drinking sage tea is perfect for reducing inflammation in your mouth, throat, or tonsils.
To make an effective tea, add fresh or dried sage to hot water. Wait at least 15 minutes and then strain the liquid.
Add honey and lemon to the tea for best results.
11. Prevents gum disease
My grandparents used to chew on sage leaves all the time, and I can't remember them having any dental issues.
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, sage is used as a mouthwash to treat gum disease, prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay.
It's also great to get rid of mouth sores or cankers.
Health Beckon recommends freezing sage tea into ice cubes and putting them in your mouth to soothe these oral sores.
12. Reverses signs of aging
The high antioxidant content in this medicinal herb works wonders on your skin.
Sage protects your skin from getting fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots by regenerating your cells.
I always use sage oil as a facial moisturizer, but loading up on sage in your diet can also help to increase your vitamin A and calcium content to soften wrinkles that appear anywhere else on your body.